What is Betty and White and read all over?

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Since we saw Betty at her New York Times gig, Author & Company published in eBook form the first book she wrote by herself.  ”I reread Betty White in Person and I was fascinated, naturally―because it was about ME.  But I was also intrigued by my perspective of TV twenty-five years ago, little dreaming that this old broad would still be hanging around and still be in the same business, and talking about an electronic edition of this book!” Betty White and I had the same editor at Doubleday & Company, Loretta Barrett, and we became her first two...

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Is President Obama Doing a Good Thing by De-Funding RIF, the Gold Standard of Non-Profits?

Is President Obama Doing a Good Thing by De-Funding RIF, the Gold Standard of Non-Profits?

No. And, in the end, Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush II came to hold my view that RIF is just about the LAST non-profit  that should be tampered with, because, they, too, came to discover that Reading is Fundamental is a paragon of what every non-profit charity receiving any government funds should be. Through a vast network of volunteers and professionals across America, RIF reaches  at-risk and/or under-served children (with particular focus on children 8 and younger) and whatever caretaker they may have, to introduce reading as a part of everyday life at home. I was blessed by growing up in a...

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“Take Alexandra Waring to bed tonight”

“Take Alexandra Waring to bed tonight”

Wow, look at what surfaced here today! A cardboard placard from Doubleday to advertise the publication of WEST END on the busses and subways of New York. Banged up but proof positive of the anchorwoman’s appeal around town in the fall of 1989. As most of you know, I slightly altered the ending of WEST END for the electronic versions at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I am pleased to report that the feedback has been very good and my next task is to see those slight alterations made in the next print edition. At any rate, I thought you...

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Castleford, Meriden and the Sally Harrington Mysteries

Castleford, Meriden and the Sally Harrington Mysteries

The six Sally Harrington mysteries are being republished in electronic formats these days and this seems as good a time as any to talk about the  model for Sally’s hometown of Castleford. Exposé (first Sally Harrington mystery, and book #5 in “The Alexandra Chronicles”), was the first novel I wrote which opens in “normal America,” that is to say, in a small American post-industrial city called Castleford in Connecticut,  inspired by the real-life Meriden, where I own a home. Meriden is the first normal place in America I’ve lived. I grew up in Darien, Connecticut, a town which made its literary debut in...

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“Any Given Moment” and Nancy Levin

“Any Given Moment” and Nancy Levin

  (photograph by Paula Pothen) *   The last message I received from Nancy Levin before she died read, “Was thinking about you as our industry (now includes tech) is all embroiled over Kindle. Is it helping writers?” Today the Kindle edition came out of my 1995 novel, Any Given Moment, a book which was dedicated to Nancy. Nancy died this past summer in an accident, an event which stunned everyone who knew her because—well, Nancy was a life force unto herself, commanding an extraordinary personal power that prompted changes for the better in the lives of everyone who...

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Riverside Drive and the Case of the Missing Sex Scenes

Riverside Drive and the Case of the Missing Sex Scenes

    Riverside Drive was published in a Kindle edition today, twenty-two years (!) after its first hardcover publication.  As most of you know it was my first novel, but as most of you don’t know, the book Doubleday bought had no sex in it. Yes, it’s true. There were sexual storylines, certainly, one between a man and woman, and one between two women, but everything happened offstage.   Nancy Evans, the publisher of Doubleday at that time, said it was written in a way that it made readers expect sex and be disappointed not to find it.  What happened...

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SOLVED BUT IT IS SAD NEWS, The Mystery of Ken Christie

SOLVED BUT IT IS SAD NEWS,  The Mystery of Ken Christie

Please scroll down to the comments section to see what Brian E told us about Ken Christie. Richard Depierro of Gantz Auctions wrote to ask if I knew anything about the artist Ken Christie. “One is a montage with the name Riverside Drive written on the back. It is quite well done with a romance novel theme, but I can’t find any info on Ken Christie. Just wondering if you knew anything about the illustrator.” I wrote Richard back to say if he sent me the art in question and a sample of the other I would ask you...

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